Director/Producer Tamara Ruppart has worked as a director, producer and actor in both theater and film. On stage, she has directed Komachi, A Thousand Cranes, The Fantasticks, Strike-Slip, Velina Hasu Houston’s Kokoro (True Heart), and the world premiere of Extinction.
Behind the theatrical scenes, Ms. Ruppart has worked at The Charlotte Repertory Theater (Picasso at the Lapin Agile) and on Broadway (Phantom of the Opera). In television production, she has worked on My Life As An Experiment, 2011 (NBC pilot), featuring Donald Sutherland and Paget Brewster, directed by Michael Spiller; The Mummy Road Show, 2002 (National Geographic Television series); Shift, 1999 (feature), featuring Christopher Meloni, directed by Kelly Anderson. In film, Ms. Ruppart has worked on An American Poet’s State of the Union, 2010 (doc), featuring poet Peter Kane Dufault and actor Chris Noth; Alana, 2010 (ind); The Day the Ponies Come Back, 2000 (feature), featuring Guillaume Canet, directed by Jerry Schatzberg; 18 Shades of Dust, 2001 (feature), featuring Danny Aiello, directed by Danny Aiello III. Ms. Ruppart is also Co-Producing Moishe, All-American (feature), a film currently in pre-production, associated with September Films.
Ms. Ruppart has a particular affinity for Japan and Japanese culture, after studying Japanese in college and living in Niigata, Japan, teaching English for 15 months after college. In 2001, Ms. Ruppart went on an overland trip from Beijing, through Inner Mongolia, across the Tibetan Plateau, up to Mt. Everest Base Camp, and down into Kathmandu, Nepal. She has also traveled in Southeast Asia and Europe.
Ms. Ruppart has studied Digital Filmmaking at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles as well as Script Supervision and Continuity under Shari Carpenter in New York City. After receiving a scholarship, Ms. Ruppart attended The New School for Drama. Having studied directing with Elinor Renfield, Casey Biggs, Austin Pendleton and Olympia Dukakis, Ms. Ruppart graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Directing in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Davidson College in 2000.
Velina Hasu Houston and Ms. Ruppart are currently collaborating on a short film based on the legend of poet Ono no Komachi, entitled Path of Dreams. Please see www.pathofdreamsfilm.com for more information.